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Yanks Inquired About Hudson

By Frank Russo ~ February 23rd, 2011. Filed under: New York Yankees, Rumor Mill.

In speaking to my Tampa sources, Brian Cashman continues to “burn up the phone lines” looking for pitching help. Yes, he did offer Kevin Millwood a minor league deal, but he was thinking bigger as he reached out to Atlanta and inquired about Tim Hudson.

The Braves don’t have interest in dealing Hudson who went 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA last season. As I mentioned before, they are willing to deal Derek Lowe, who is owed $30 million over the next two seasons. He will cost the Yankees a prospect haul that appears to be too expensive at this time.

The Yankees also discussed Hiroki Kuroda with the Dodgers, but nothing came out of those talks as well.

I have continued to be told that if the Yankees don’t acquire a starting pitcher this spring it won’t be because of a lack of effort. Brian Cashman is focused on getting something done. It appears that task won’t be easy.

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Frank is a resident of East Brunswick, NJ and former radio announcer. He is a 4th generation Republican and Yankees Fan. He also enjoys listening to talk radio. His favorite announcer is Shawn Hannity of “Hannity” on FOX and enjoys reading about military history. In addition to rooting for the Yankees, he also has a passion for the New York Islanders. You can enjoy Frank’s work at The Dead Ball Era and his book “Bury My Heart at Cooperstown”. Check out his “Rants and Raves” on New York Baseball Digest.

19 Responses to Yanks Inquired About Hudson

  1. Jake

    Please take KAWAKAMI!!!

  2. Steve S.

    It may be for the best these deals don’t happen. Everyone knows the Yanks are desperate for pitching, so the price tag will be high. Brian tends to do his best work when other GMs call him, as opposed to the other way around. Wait till mid season, when the Yanks can meet someone in the middle.

  3. Mike Silva

    I still would offer Millwood a big league deal (what’s $5 million???) – at this point he is a surer bet than Garcia or Colon.

  4. Ben Vinutti

    I don’t see how Millwood is a surer bet than Garcia, unless you are referring to injury likelihood. I don’t particularly like either one, and forget about Colon. I’m hoping the NYY go with Garcia and Nova and either make a deal midseason or give another young guy a shot at that point (Brackman/Noesi) if Garcia or Nova aren’t doing the job. I know Millwood has produced sporadic good seasons, but the horrendous outweigh the good.

  5. Stu B

    I don’t think anyone they can get now is that much of a difference maker. With all the age on their roster plus being in the AL East with the Red Sox and Rays, the Yankees will be lucky to make the playoffs with or without another starter.

  6. Sb

    Lowe and 10 mill for Jaba and a prospect

  7. Michael Maggi

    Neither Millwood or Lowe is the answer. Anything new on the Wainwright/Carpenter or Liriano fronts?

  8. Frank Russo


    Carpenter and Wainright are staying for now. The Cardinals are definatly waiting to see how things play out with Albert, but there is still a lot of speculation that St. Louis will be ins salary dump mode. I know Cashman has contacted St. Louis just to see what’s up with things.

    Now as far as Liriano goes, I have been hearing rumors that Cashman is just waiting to see how things progress with him. I could see him giving away maybe one of the Killer B’s for him, but not two. Minnesota GM Bill Smith is a hardliner as we all know. I think Cashman is more than content to wait things out.

  9. Frank Russo


    You continue to talk about the Yankee and age. Of the Starting 9, what “age” are you talking about? Only ARod and Jeter are “Old.” If you want to count Posada, fine, but he is a DH now, so that really doesn’t count. Gardner, Granderson, Swisher, Tex, Cano and Martin are not old. I’ll take an “old” Rivera over most teams closers any day of the week. Cashman has stated in numerous interviews that he is nowhere near done with the starting rotation, and will make changes to the roster as necessary. If he is able to pull off a trade for a Class A pitcher, it will change the whole dynamic of the rotation. I know you want to see the Yankees lose, but can we at least wait until say Spring Training is over and we’ve gone through a month or two of the season before we make predictions?

  10. jerry mumphrey

    forget Wainwright…..

    “St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has flown back to St. Louis this morning to have his right elbow examined this afternoon after he experienced discomfort in the joint. General manager John Mozeliak said he believes it is a “significant injury” and the early word is “not encouraging.” Tommy John surgery is one alternative to repair the damage

  11. Frank Russo

    Excellent Catch JM, With Wainright out the Cards will be less inclined to move Carpenter. That’s a tough break for the Cardinals.

  12. Stu B

    Frank: true enough about the age, but SS and 3B are positions where lack of defensive range can have a significant impact. And other than Cano and Teixeira, the guys you mentioned aren’t that great. And the odds of Sabathia winning 20 again are no better than 60-40, and that’s being generous. Plus the Rays are younger and deeper in the rotation and the Red Sox are better top to bottom. The Yankees don’t have the talent advantage over other teams that they once did. IMO, they’re unlikely to improve on last year’s record, and there’s enough possibility of slippage that I stand by my prediction.

    Of course I could be wrong – it wouldn’t be the first time, but you can’t ignore the handwriting on the wall.

  13. Michael Maggi

    You can probably also forget Millwood too because it looks like the Cardinals will move on him after losing Wainwright. Millwood certainly gambled and may have won by waiting to see if a pitcher went down with an injury.

  14. Frank Russo


    I say let the season play out. I think you are under estimating Swisher. He’s a damn fine ball player. To say that Gardner and Granderoson are not very good is unfair. Gardner is what he is. a fast slap hitter who is very good defensivley. I think that Granderson will improve over last year if he sticks to the stance that Kevin Long helped him with last season that allowed him to finish strong.

    The Rays have a great rotation but their bullpen is not great, and they lost a lot of firepower in Crawford and Pena.
    I think that the Yankees and Red Sox lineup are a wash basically. The one advantage the Yankees do have over almost every other team is that they have the monetary resources, along with the minor league prospects that other teams covet. If a trade needs to happen, Cashman has the resources to get one done. Stick to your predictions Stu. Like I said, let the season start first.

    BTW, the team that worries me more than the Rays are the White Sox. IF they don’t win the Central, they have a great chance to win the Wild Card.

  15. bob

    I would trade D. Lowe and K. Kawami to the yanks for Mark T

  16. Stu B

    Dream on, Bob…

  17. Russ

    Giving Millwood a big league deal would be stupid. He’s not any good and he’s old. He’s just not AL East material now, he needs to go to the NL if he wants a chance to bounce back.

    Ride it out and if they don’t make the team in the spring, someone from inside the organization, probably a guy from the Warren/Phelps/Noesi/Brackman group will get off to a hot start and can come up by June 1.

    Also, teams asking prices will drop during the season when the optimism bubble of Spring Training (and advanced ticket sales season) bursts. Some team that no one is thinking of will be hit with a rash of injuries or just be bad and there will be names no one has thought of yet suddenly out there.

    If AJ is solid, then there is no reason to panic. If he is, then we have something to worry about. Right now, the 4th & 5th SPs in April & May is not something you sell the farm to fix.

  18. Michael Maggi


    Buster Olney is calling you a liar in his most recent ESPN Insider.

    “Buster Olney reports that the Yankees did not inquire about Tim Hudson. “

  19. Frank Russo


    I will address what Oleny said in my next piece.

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